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Russia ready to defend Iran and Syria

February 7, 2012


Russia believes that Syria and Iran are in its national interest and is apparently ready to use military force to defend them:

Following are excerpts from an interview with Colonel-General [ret.] Leonid Ivashov, former member of the Russian Joint Chiefs of Staff, which aired on Russia Today TV on February 1, 2012:

Interviewer: Dr. Leonid, do you think that these preparations and very large maneuvers, which will soon be conducted by Russia, are meant as preparation for war, or rather, a military strike against Iran?


Leonid Ivashov: These maneuvers and training will demonstrate Russia’s readiness to use military power to defend its national interests and to bolster its political position. The maneuvers will show that Russia does not want any military operations to be waged against Iran or Syria. I assume that the people in the West and in Israel who design the schemes for a large geopolitical operation in the greater Middle East region draw a direct connection between the situation in Syria and in Iran. Indeed, these two countries are allies, and both are considered guaranteed partners of Russia. The only question, therefore, is who they will try to destroy first as a stable country: Syria or Iran.


A strike against Syria or Iran is an indirect strike against Russia and its interests. Russia would lose important positions and allies in the Arab world. Therefore, by defending Syria, Russia is defending its own interests.

In addition, Russia is thus defending the entire world from Fascism. Everybody should acknowledge that Fascism is making strides on our planet. What they did in Libya is nearly identical to what Hitler and his armies did against Poland and then Russia. Today, therefore, Russia is defending the entire world from Fascism.


  1. Roy
    February 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    The Syria he is suffering to is the Syria which murders its own people who are protesting because they no longer want to live in a country where the State power is passed on from father to son. It is also the Syria where demonstrators burnt the Russian flag saying “we will not forget this, Russia” when it refused to condemn the atrocious violence being carried out against those asking for change.

    • GJS
      February 15, 2012 at 3:11 am

      I must concur with your comments, Russia cares about the location NOT the people unfortunately.

    • February 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      The murders are being carried out by outsiders who do not care about Syrians. These outsiders are the same ones who destroyed Libya with their RTP which was no more than the right to plunder. What the West wants to do in Syria is no different than what Hitler did in the
      early years of WW11 to Poland and Russia. Russia should be praised along with China and Iran for trying to put a stop to this. They are protecting Syria from the fate Libya suffered.

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